tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS February 17, 2016 6:30pm-7:01pm EST
will see you tonight. >> pelley: the battle lines of privacy are drawn. apple refuses a court order to hack the phone of the san bernardino terrorists. also tonight, criminal hackers have seized a hospital's computer system, and they're holding it for ransom. trump talks up torture to fight terror. >> torture works, okay, folks. >> pelley: and a veteran who saw so much death get the gift of life. >> probably the best wake-up call in the history of wake-up calls. >> pelley: so why won't the v.a. pay for the treatment? captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: the war on terror and the right to privacy have collided tonight. the f.b.i. got a court order requiring apple to help investigators hack the iphone
of one of the terrorists behind the san bernardino massacre. but the head of apple is refusing the order. with more on this, we have jeff pegues joining us. jeff. >> reporter: scott, tonight, a top industry official tells cbs news that apple could theoretically write software to comply with the judge's order, though it has never been done before. but apple says it is ready to appeal this ruling and take the fight all the way to the supreme court. within hours of the ruling, apple's c.e.o. tim cook called the demand "chilling" and said that it could lead to the tech giant being forced to "build surveillance software to intercept your messages," or even access your phone's microphone or camera without your knowledge. since syed farook and his wife tashfeen malik, "the f.b.i. has been scrubbing their electronic and internet history. the bureau determined farook and
malik sympathized with isis and other islamic radicals. but the f.b.i. has not been able to get into an iphone provided to farook by his employer, which could provide key clues about his contacts and whereabouts. in court papers, the f.b.i. says the phone may show that farook was in communication with victims who were later killed. u.s. manual straight sheri pym ordered apple to figure out how to turn off the phone's auto-erase feature which wipes out the phone after 10 incorrect log-in attempts. apple's cook said developing that technology would create a backdoor to the iphone and there was no way to guarantee that it would only be used in this case. law enforcement has been warning about the dangers of encryption for more than a year. new york police commissioner bill bratton: >> we are increasingly blind, for terrorism purposes, and for general law enforcement purposes with the new devices and the continuing effort to make them even more secure.
>> reporter: apple says it has been cooperating with the f.b.i. by providing information the couple backed up online. scott, apple intends to file its appeal as early as next week. >> pelley: jeff, thanks. if this case does go to the supreme court, it could define privacy for a generation. "60 minutes" talked about this issue with f.b.i. director james comey and with apple's c.e.o. tim cook. >> on your smartphone today, on iphone, there's likely health information. there's financial information. there are intimate conversations with your family, or your coworkers. there's probably business secrets. and you should have the ability to protect it. and the only way we know how to do that is to encrypt it. why is that? it's because if there's a way to get in, then somebody will find a way in. there have been people that suggest that we should have a back door, but the reality is if you put a back door in, that
back door is for everybody, for good guys and bad guys. >> the notion that we would market devices that would allow someone to place themselves beyond the law troubles me a lot. i am a big supporter of the rule of law, but as a country, i don't know why we would want to put people beyond the law. that is, sell cars with trunks that couldn't ever be opened by law enforcement with a court order or sell an apartment that could never be entered, even by law enforcement. >> if the government lays a proper warrant on us today, then we will give the specific information that is requested because we have to, by law. in the case of encrypted communication, we don't have it to give. and so, like your imessages are encrypted. we don't have access to those. >> i want to make sure as they do that people's privacy is protected. i don't want anyone willy-nilly
going through my phone or looking at pictures might have children but i also don't want to live in a country where the bad guys know there's a way for them to be absolutely beyond the law gloal. >> pelley: in another case tonight, comey's f.b.i. is leading the investigation of a hostage situation at a california hospital. but it's not people being held. it's the computer system. carter evans is in los angeles. >> reporter: inside hollywood presbyterian medical center, computer screens have been dark since hackers took over the data network two weeks ago. calls to the hospital's media line are met with this voicemail recording: the attack used what's known as ransomware, malicious software that encrypts files which can only be unlocked with a software key after a ransom is paid. in this case, according to a source familiar with the investigation, hackers demanded, and the hospital paid an
undisclosed amount in the computer currency bitcoin, which is nearly impossible to trace. since the attack, the medical center staff has resorted to pen and paper and even fax machines for communications. the f.b.i. confirmed the attack but declined to comment on its investigation, and, scott, hollywood presbyterian has not responded to cbs news requests. >> pelley: carter evans, thanks very much. campaigning today in south carolina, donald trump said that waterboarding is not severe enough in the effort to pry the truth out of suspected terrorists. and from the sounds of it, he and his chief rival ted cruz might like to try it on each other. in campaigns that seem unable to break out of a cycle of name calling. major garrett is in south carolina. >> donald, i would encourage you, fundamental to file a lawsuit challenging this ad, claiming it is defamation, file the lawsuit. >> reporter: ted cruz today scoffed at donald trump for threatening to sue over this ad from the cruz campaign.
>> i am pro-choice in every respect. >> mr. trump has sent me a legal cease and desist letter saying, "stop telling the voters my record." now, that is objectively legally frivolous. >> reporter: trump fired back calling cruz desperate: the g.o.p. front-runner said in a statement. trump has called cruz a liar all week. he's also threatened to sue cruz over his eligibility to run for president, given his canadian birth. on another legal issue, trump said today he would defy geneva convention prohibitions and use torture to fight terrorism. >> torture works, okay, folks. you you have these guys-- torture doesn't work upon believe me it works. what do you think of waterboarding? absolutely fine but we should go much stronger. >> reporter: marco rubio current polling behind trump and cruz today won the coveted endorsement of south carolina
governor nikki haley. >> if we elect marco rubio, every day will be a great day in america. >> reporter: it was another blow to jeb bush whose brother, former president george w. bush, met privately with haley on monday. trump picked up the endorsement on the low country sports man today, an influential hunting and fishing group. scott, the group backed the 2012 south carolina republican primary winner, newt gingrich. >> pelley: and the republican vote in south carolina is on saturday. major, thank you. three days before the democratic caucuses in nevada, the race is as tight as it can be. in a new poll out today, it's clinton 48, sanders 47. we spent a day with sanders last week, and we'll do the same with clinton tomorrow. at least 28 people were killed today, more than 60 wounded after a bomb hit a military convoy in turkey's capital, ankara. no group has claimed responsibility, but turkey is fighting a long-run insurgency
with kurdish rebels. separately today, turkey shelled kurdish troops in syria. fresh evidence that last week's cease-fire signed by the u.s., russia, and others, never had a chance. russian warplanes are clearing the way for the assad dictatorship to over-run the rebels. the five-year-old civil war created the chaos that led to isis, and holly williams is following this desperate fight. >> reporter: from beneath the rubble of a shattered building, a little boy waved his hand, telling rescue workers he's still alive. seconds later, they free him, bloodied but breathing. they also dig frantically for a baby, but when they get to this child, it's too late. we can't independently verify these videos, but they appear to show the syrian regime's new
offensive in aleppo province, which is backed by russian airstrikes. hassan haj ali is a rebel commander who told us his men have received weapons from the u.s. and are trying to fight off the assault. "when the regime kills women and children, "he told us "they're telling syrians to get out of rebel-held areas." as the regime and russia pom bard aleppo province, the battle field there has become even more chaotic. now there's evidence that groups supported by the u.s. have started to fight each other as they vie for territory. hassan haj ali, along with other u.s.-backed commanders, told us they're clashing with kurdish fighters and the kurdish group also receives american support. "our american friends said
they'd put pressure on the kurds to stop the clashes," he told us. "but there's no sign that's happened." the glimmer of good news from syria today is that aid convoys carrying food and medicine made it into place where's people have been cut off by fighting. and, scott, one of those towns is madaya, where we've seen reports of people stashing to death. >> pelley: holly williams on the syrian border for us tonight. hole, thank you. well, we saw a rare shortage of grace from pope francis last night in mexico. someone pulled him on top of a young person in a wheelchair. watch this. the pope shouts, "don't be selfish." tonight, francis is jumping in to the fight over immigration as he celebrates mass just across the rio grande from texas, and manuel bojorquez is there. >> reporter: it was his strongest stand yet in solidarity with migrants.
he is addressing their plight at this mass before 200,000 in juarez, calling it a humanitarian crisis. across the border in el paso, a crowd of 30,000 watched the mass, a symbolic event for two cities separated only by the rio grande. and connected here by a choir comprised of people from both sides. like americans flor and ana garcia from el paso. >> we feel part of both communities since we go back and forth so often. >> reporter: the mother and daughter have seen the ravages of violence in juarez, fueled by cartels and human smugglers, troubles pope francis is facing head on. >> showing that he is there shows that even in the darkest moments there is the brightest light. >> reporter: ana has been singing since she was three and
feels her life has led up to this moment. what was that like when you knew knew you would be part of that choir? >> we were practically just, like, jumping around the house for the rest of the day. >> it's, like, bonding. it's a very, very deep experience and we're both in it. >> reporter: it is also a powerful moment for this massive crowd behind me. scott, on immigration, pope francis has been blunt calling for the end to deaths and exploitation and his choice of locations here along the border say clear message, not only to mexico, but the u.s. >> pelley: manuel, thanks. an old battery recycling plant has left a neighborhood contaminated with lead. and years after a devastating war wound, a veteran battles congress and the v.a. when the cbs evening news continues.
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jerry brown asked the california legislature for $176 million to clean up a toxic mess near los angeles. the exide battery recycling plant shut down in 2014 but left dangerous lead in the soil. mireya villarreal is following this. >> reporter: amelia no longer allows her children to play in their yard. >> before my kids would play on the ground. they would roll over on the grass. i didn't know i was harming my kids. >> reporter: her home sits a mile north of exide technologies, where according to state environmental agencies, these smokestacks were spewing dangerous levels of lead and arsenic particles into nearby communities for years. valleio's property tested positive at 1500 parts per million, above levels for hazardous waste by california state standards. several members of her family suffer from serious health conditions often associated with lead poisoning, including her five-year-old disabled son. >> i feel like my whole family's
been taken advantage but yet we're not getting the proper help. it's taking quite a bit of time. ask once again, the damage has been done. >> reporter: since 1981, exide technologies recycled car batteries in vernon, california, using a temporary permit which allowed them to sidestep strict state hazardous waste laws for more than 30 years. during that time, the company was citeed by california's department of toxic substances at least 10 times and issued over $1.3 million in fines. but last year, to avoid criminal prosecution, exide made a deal with the federal government to shut down and set aside $9 million in a trust for cleanup. >> i see this as a big environmental justice issue. >> reporter: los angeles county supervisor hilda soleis, has been pushing the state to do more for months. she said today's plan is a start but it may not be enough to make these families whole again.
>> i think the state failed them. i think exide failed them. >> reporter: state officials say this sizeave cleanup, including the plant and surrounding homes, could take well over $176 million, but they won't know an exact amount until they get started and, scott, that is a process that could take several years to finish. >> pelley: mireya villarreal in our los angeles newsroom. thank you. a man loses a wallet and gets a letter explaining why he's not getting it back. that's next.
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of doubt over their vows. >> i am looking forward to every day that i have with you, to watching us grow from just the two of us to a family that we have always dreamed of. >> reporter: the roadside bomb that took kevin's leg also blew away one of his testicles and acknowledged another. this is a wound guys are terrified of. >> yes. when guys are hurt they're like, "don't even tell me. just don't even go there." >> so they went to see dr. jason bromer of the shady grove fertility clinic. >> he still does make some testosterone and some sperm but far less than the average and not if yo enough for them to bee to conceive naturally. >> reporter: bromer perform aid procedure called in vitro fertilization. it didn't work. >> it was probably the worst day of my life. >> it was pretty brutal. >> yeah, it was bad. you felt hopeless.
>> reporter: after a second trial, lauren tested herself with a home pregnancy kit. >> it was like 4:00, 5:00 in the morning, and i woke him up and i'm like, "i'm pregnant! it says i'm pregnant." >> reporter: so that's how you woke up. >> it was very exciting. it was probably the best wake-up call, you know, ever in the history of wake-up calls. >> reporter: a sonogram confirmed it. they could see their baby's heart beating. >> we've got one baby and we've got one heartbeat. >> it's the most amazing thing i've ever seen in my entire life. >> okay, you know, some of my guys are still pretty good. >> reporter: some of your guys, your sperm. >> it's still kind of working wait it should be. >> reporter: you guys have been very, very open what in most couple's lives is a very private thing. why are you being so open? >> we're trying to change, you know, a law in congress to allow other guys in my situation to be able to have the family that they want, family of their dreams, and not break the bank. >> reporter: that's right, a current law that is the product of antiabortion politics
prohibits the department of veterans affairs from covering the cost of in vitro fertilization for any of the estimated 1800 veterans who have suffered damage to their reproductive organs. >> the guys need to start talking up about it or congress is just going to, you know, keep shoveling dirt over top of it and not doing anything about it. >> reporter: kevin and lauren were able to afford the $25,000 cost because her job as a teacher comes with health insurance that covers in vitro fertilization. >> our ultimate hope is just to be able to change this law. we're not, you know, really looking for handouts or anything like that. >> reporter: kevin and lauren are expecting their baby in august, but they've done it without any help from the the the government which sent him to war. david martin, cbs news, frederick, maryland. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night.
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